Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while... Mk. 6:31Every year each student has a retreat experience with his or her class. The theme and format of the retreats are coordinated through theology classes.
Retreats provide a more intimate encounter with our Eucharistic Lord. While students have many opportunities to attend Mass and receive this life giving and lifesaving Sacrament, it is often within a larger, or more diverse setting; but while on retreat, students are with their classmates, their friends, those with whom they’ve been journeying for years.
What is Kairos?
Kairos is an optional, multi-day retreat offered to Seniors and select Juniors in May, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The retreat provides students with an opportunity to experience and encounter God in a profound way. During this time, students listen to talks presented by both students and faculty, share in small groups, and attend Mass. Kairos Retreats are offered 3 times a year, Fall, Winter,and Spring.
A long running tradition at St. Rose (and around the world), Kairos has been inspiring and strengthening students relationships for years. Unlike the class retreats, Kairos is primarily student led – which provides the students with a different perspective on the faith. With any retreat, there may be hesitancy about going, but by the end of the trip, even the most apprehensive of students has had a powerful encounter with the God of love. Over the course of the retreat, through meeting God in His Word, the Eucharist, and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, even the most apprehensive heart is filled with His love. For students looking to deepen their relationship with God, they are invited to enter the mystery of God and attend Kairos.
“My relationship was strengthened with my classmates by talking and listening to each other when we were discussing our dreams. My relationship was strengthened with God when we had the time at the end to reflect and communicate with God.” Erin Merkler '20
“Absolutely the best four days of my life. It honestly changed who I am as a person and my outlook on life. It also brought me so close to new people and I’m so grateful for the bonds I share with my Kairos group.” Hannah Gammond '17
“To be honest, I was a little apprehensive at first. I did not know what to expect. I almost didn’t go, which would have been one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. Kairos was honestly some of the best four days of my entire life. I made friendships and memories that will last forever. It was amazing.” Sydney Daniel '17